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Contested BorderlandThe Civil War in Appalachian Kentucky and Virginia$
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Brian D. McKnight

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780813123899

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813123899.001.0001

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The Central Appalachian Divide in Unity and Secession

The Central Appalachian Divide in Unity and Secession

(p.9) 1 The Central Appalachian Divide in Unity and Secession
Contested Borderland

Brian D. McKnight

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter examines the situation in the Appalachian region, particularly eastern Kentucky and southwestern Virginia, during the secession crisis preceding the American Civil War. It suggests that it is difficult to determine whether the people of eastern Kentucky and southwestern Virginia were loyal to the causes their states adopted officially, because most of the population of both regions depended on the economic and political peripheries of their respective nations and a miscalculation could result in serious economic problems.

Keywords:   eastern Kentucky, southwestern Virginia, secession, Appalachian region, American Civil War

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